What causes the meat in stone crabs to shrink, creating floaters?

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    JSYZNBORNposted 7 years ago

    What causes the meat in stone crabs to shrink, creating floaters?

      Old Keys legend says not to harvest crabs in traps until 1 week after a full moon.

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    FloridaKeysSuseaposted 7 years ago

    Stone Crab claws called floaters happen when the crab molts.  After a stone crab molts it needs about a week to harden it's shell and fill in the meat.  If you leave the crab long enough it will be full of firm meat.  I can usually tell which crab claws will be floaters by their feel and color.  I leave them in the trap for a week or so and then I'm rewarded with nice crab meat.  I don't think floaters are that good I feed them to my cats.  Hope this helps.

 
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